Photograph

The Akal Boonga - the sacred temple - north view

ca. 1858-1860 (made)

Beato, Felice

Height: 20 cm, Width: 28.4 cm

80:096 SSEA

Photograph of the Golden Temple, Amritsar.

This photograph is a general view of the Golden Temple showing the temple, the causeway and the entrance gate.

This photograph is a general view of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. It shows the temple, the causeway and the entrance gate. After the Indian army had ‘mutinied’ against the British in 1857, Felice Beato travelled through India photographing the sites connected with the events. Although there had been incidents in Amritsar, it was not a ‘Mutiny’ site like Lucknow and Delhi. In all, Beato took 11 photographs of the Golden Temple from different viewpoints, of which this is one.

Beato took many photographs of the Golden Temple taken from different viewpoints. The photographs were offered for sale to the public, ten of the 17 views of Amritsar listed in the sales catalogue were displayed in the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867. The V&A has 11 of the 17 views, three of which were displayed in Paris and retain their original 1867 mounts marked with their 1867 catalogue numbers.

Location: In Storage

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